Yankees vs. Rays MLB Best Bets for Tuesday

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Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees grounds out in the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

The New York Yankees look to clinch a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday after taking game one of the three-game series on Monday in Tampa.  Let’s see what the MLB odds tell us at the best sportsbooks and break down this game!

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – 07:10 PM EDT at Tropicana Field

It’s just business as usual for baseball’s best team. The Yankees got back on track after having a nine-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in Toronto. They’ve won six straight series and returned to a season—and MLB—best 33 games over .500. The win over the Rays also boosted New York’s lead in the AL East to 12 games—another season best. 

For the Rays, meanwhile, things are bad and getting steadily worse. Tampa is in danger of losing its fourth straight series. They’ve fallen into fourth place in the East, and out of a playoff spot. The Rays are now twice as close to the last place Orioles—who beat them two out of three this past weekend—than the first-place Yankees. Adding insult to injury, Tampa lost a pair of starters in Monday’s opening-game loss. 

Winning Again

After Sunday’s loss, the Yankees bounced back against the Rays. Starter Gerrit Cole carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and New York rallied after Tampa tied the game late. With the win, New York still hasn’t lost back-to-back games in June and earned its 50th win in game 67—the fastest start by any team since 2001. 

The last time the Yankees lost two straight was May 28 and 29, to Tampa Bay, who was also the last team to beat New York in a series. Since then, the Yankees have won seven and nine straight and have come out on top in 17 of the last 19 games. 

Only two negatives came out of Monday’s game for New York: First, reliever Clay Holmes blew a 2-0 lead, giving up his first runs since opening day. That snapped a Yankees record 29 straight scoreless appearances. The 31.1 scoreless innings was 1.2 shy of the team mark and had been the longest active streak in MLB.

Second, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa missed his second straight game, dealing with a sore hamstring. He’s day-to-day as the series goes on. 

The Yankees send another Cy Young Award candidate to the mound for game tow, as lefty Nestor Cortes gets the ball. He’s 6-2 with a 1.94 ERA. He beat the Rays last time out, allowing one run in 5.1 innings. He also beat them in late May, giving up a run in eight innings.  

Bad, Meet Worse

The Rays are reeling, losing their first game home after a 2-7 road trip. Tampa has fallen a half game behind Boston in the divisional and wild card races. The loss on Monday also dropped the Rays to 11-12 against teams with a winning record.

Of greater concern to Tampa is the fact that a pair of outfielders went down in Monday’s game. Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier appeared to be in pain while batting in the second inning and left the game with what the team described as a left hip inflammation. 

“It’s been kind of bothering him for a little while,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Same hip that he’s had issues with in the past.”

In the ninth inning, Manuel Margot ran into the wall trying to field Aaron Hicks’ game-winning triple, and Tampa said he would miss “significant” time.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Cash. 

The injuries leave Tampa with just three outfielders on the roster. They’re expected to call up two players from Triple-A Durham to help replace Margot and Kiermaier.

The Rays have yet to name a starter for Tuesday’s game and appear headed for a bullpen game.  

The Picks

Take the Yankees and the Over with your MLB picks. Even had the Rays remained healthy on Monday, it would be tough to pick them in this game. But, with two-thirds of their outfield on the shelf and a mix-and-match pitching staff handling things for Tuesday’s game, look for the Yankees to continue to roll. 

MLB Pick: Yankees (-171) with BetOnline

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MLB Pick: Over 7 (-116) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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